Cynthia Klima

Associate Professor of German
Welles 206C

Cynthia Klima has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1993.

Portrait of Cynthia Klima

Office Hours: Spring 2024

Tuesdays: 12:30pm-1:30pm                   
Wednesdays: 3:30pm-5:00pm {Welles 206C}            
Also by appointment 

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., German, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995

  • M.A., German, University of Oklahoma, 1986

  • B.A., Russian, University of Oklahoma, 1983

More About Me

Research Interests

Her interests lie in German-Czech-Jewish relations, political relations in Europe, cultural history of Central Europe, Russian literature and cultural history, and the Germans and Jews of Prague. She has written numerous articles on Jewish contribution to culture in Central Europe, historical articles and book reviews on German, Czech, Russian and Jewish themes. Her translation of Paul Leppin's Blaugast: A Novel of Decline was published in November 2007 by Twisted Spoon Press in Prague, Czech Republic. In addition, Dr. Klima is involved with Humanities/Central European Studies and Summer Study Abroad to Prague, Czech Republic. She is the coordinator for both the German minor and Central and Eastern European Studies minor.

Other Interests

  • Study abroad in Prague/Vienna/Budapest
  • Yoga and pilates
  • Central European literature and culture
  • Sewing, crochet and embroidery
  • Traveling


  • GERM 382: Topic: Germanic Cultures

    Study of the literature and culture of various German-speaking nations or peoples. The course will investigate writers, literary history, and/or political/social/cultural topics, which may include Jewish authors, cultural and literary history of a certain era, East German literature, German literature in other lands such as Romania and Russia, or German-language biographies or memoirs.

  • WRTG 101: English Lang and Culture I

    Designed for non-native speakers of English, this class explores grammar, syntax, cultural nuances, and idioms of the English language. Writing practice, use of library materials, and presentation of work will culminate in a larger project that synthesizes skills learned throughout the semester.